Living shorelines recommended for effective and lasting shoreline management as storm repairs continue

Hurricane Florence damaged many docks along the coast. The soil behind some bulkheads was also scoured out and many of these hard structures failed. Living shorelines on the other hand weathered the storm, outperforming more traditional shoreline management techniques like bulkheads.   Living shorelines include planted salt marsh grasses and low profile sills or marsh…

Don’t burn pressure treated wood

OCEAN – Hurricane Florence’s big storm surge destroyed many docks, walkways and bulkheads along our coast. “There are large, mangled piles of chemically preserved lumber and poles from docks and bulkheads washed up all along our shorelines,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation. “Now people are asking what they should…

Updated: Federation urges the public to stay out of the water after Florence

OCEAN – Officials with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the state of North Carolina advise residents and tourists that it’s not yet safe to swim and wade in coastal waters. Massive amounts of polluted runoff are still flowing into coastal waterways all along areas of our coast impacted by heavy rains from Hurricane Florence.…

EPA hosts community engagement event on GenX

Hundreds of people attended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) PFAS Community Engagement Event on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Fayetteville. PFAS are a group of man-made industrial chemicals – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – that include GenX. Although research on the potential effects of these emerging compounds is limited, scientific evidence associates these compounds with adverse human…

Students across the coast take field trips with federation staff

All three regional offices took field trips to special coastal places in May, helping North Carolina students more fully experience the state’s beautiful coast. Many of these students had only seen the ocean and/or a salt marsh a few times, and some had never seen these environments before. Part of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s…

Board member Veronica Carter appointed to state environmental justice panel

Veronica Carter, a long-time North Carolina Coastal Federation board member, has been appointed to the Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board, which will advise the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Secretary Michael Regan created this panel to help DEQ involve and engage disadvantaged and minority populations in its decision-making processes. Carter has been involved in promoting…

YouthBuild helps install stormwater retrofits

With funding from Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, the North Carolina Coastal Federation teamed up with River City YouthBuild to install several stormwater retrofits at the Shoppes at Renaissance Square in Elizabeth City on April 18. River City YouthBuild, run by River City Community Development Corporation, provides education and employment skills for economically disadvantaged young adults aged…

State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant enables 449 students to engage in service learning

For the last year, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has been able to increase its capacity to engage more students from underserved communities in coastal stewardship through service learning because of a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The 12-month, $38,000 grant, which wrapped up in November, enabled the federation to increase its…